Greetings from St. Bartholomew’s Church in the City of New York. I write to you, in the midst of the shifting landscape of a worldwide pandemic, with abundant thanksgiving to God that our ministries in midtown Manhattan have never been more vital.
If you’ve visited St. Bart’s in-person or online, you know there are a great number and variety of events and programs taking place. Evening classes are available as places to grow and connect. Our radical welcome invites everyone who seeks to find a home via community groups of every shape, size, and flavor. There is innovative programming available for kids, youth, and families. We’re also providing space for conversation about struggles and hardship, many of them the most profound and meaningful conversations I’ve had in all my years of ministry.
In and through all of it, I remain grateful and joyful. I am grateful for our 2023 Pledge Campaign Co-Chairs, Kari Parks and Bill Rowe, and for the gifted staff, leaders, and members across this parish who stir our souls with beautiful music, till the soils of relationships and nature, and serve those who are without food, shelter, or companionship.
Inspired by our campaign theme, I am boldly asking you to share the bounty of your life so this church may continue to strive to do God’s will “on earth as it is in heaven.” Your financial support helps us maintain our beautiful house of worship, pay our dedicated staff, share the Good News through livestream broadcasts, and reach out to a world in need of hope, joy, and grace.
The St. Bart’s Finance Committee is already at work on the church’s Mission Plan and will report the final number we need to receive in pledges at the annual meeting in February. By that day, our goal is to receive a minimum of 225 pledges that will support and sustain this ministry. To meet this goal, I ask you to prayerfully consider your financial resources and your commitment. With anticipation of a thorough and prudent process, I prayerfully ask, would you, this year, consider a new and larger level of giving?
Thank you for all the ways you bless and sustain us… and thank you for making this place yours.
The Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe, D.D
P.S. In February, our progress on the 2023 Pledge Campaign will be shared, along with a listing of the names of everyone who has made a 2023 pledge.
I am praying that you will put into action the generosity that comes from your faith as you understand and experience all the good things we have in Christ.
St. Bart’s pursues its mission as it prays, and worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice, peace, and love. At St. Bart’s, our mission is to comfort, challenge and inspire a growing community of people in search of meaning, hope, and faith in their lives. Your gift makes possible the vital ministries of the church to be the light and leaven in New York City and beyond.
St. Bart’s, like other Episcopal churches across the US, pursues its mission as it prays, and worships, proclaims the Gospel, and promotes justice, peace, and love. Our mission is to comfort, challenge and inspire a growing community of people in search of meaning and hope in their lives. Your gift makes possible the vital ministries of the church to be the light and leaven in New York City and beyond.
There are many ways to give to St. Bart’s!
1. You can place cash or check in the offering plate on Sunday.
2. You can give online or by scanning the QR code, posted in St. Bart’s Central and in the leaflet, using your phone.
3. You can also mail your gift, payable to St. Bartholomew’s Church in the City of New York to St. Bart’s Stewardship Office, 325 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022.
4. You may choose to give via a Donor Advised Fund (DAF), Individual Retirement Account (IRA), family foundation, estate, or stock account. For more information and instructions, contact Jama Toung at or 212-378-0278.
A pledge is a written declaration of commitment to donate a specific amount of money over the year. If you’re new to church and getting acquainted, you are encouraged to give what you feel moved to give. Most importantly, we want you to come back and get to know us, and allow us to know you. We believe that giving back to God, what has come from God, is a faith practice.
A pledge is a financial commitment. Each year St. Bart’s will ask you to prayerfully consider making an annual pledge to the Stewardship Campaign. The amount of your pledge is something to which you will want to give prayerful consideration. You are encouraged to use “proportional giving” which means you or your household select a proportion of your income that you are comfortable contributing. As you consider giving, consider all that you have been given by God– your life, your friendships, your family, your talent, your financial resources – and from there give in proportion to the gifts you have received.
You can make a pledge in one of three easy ways:
1. In worship, on Commitment Sunday, the St. Bart’s community comes together to pledge.
2. Declare your pledge by clicking here and submit our online pledge card.
2. By contacting Jama Toung at or 212-378-0278.
When you or your household signs a pledge card for support, you are making a statement. A signed pledge card is a sign of your commitment to Christ and the Church. Your pledge also helps the Vestry, clergy, and staff as they craft the annual church budget.
Stewardship gifts cover half of the church’s operating budget and enable us to open our doors to all. Your gifts support the diverse ministries of St. Bart’s including live and virtual worship, education, fellowship, faith-formation, pastor care, youth and family programs, and outreach. All of St. Bart’s ministries are designed to renew our hearts and minds so that we may fully experience Christ’s love. Clergy, musicians, and staff combine their talents to create transcendent worship and to support ministry to our city, the nation, and the world.
Yes, your gifts are tax-deductible. St. Bart’s is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a Federal Tax ID# of 13-5651315. All donations to St. Bart’s, aside from tickets or registration fees for events, are fully tax-deductible.
Yes. Your preferences around recognition will be honored. Donors are informed in advance when there will be a listing of donors, and requests to be anonymous are always honored. St. Bart’s holds donor information in confidence and does not share it with anyone.
Absolutely. In creating a will, you can determine the use and distribution of your assets after death, including providing for your beneficiaries, managing or reducing your estate taxes and expenses, and establishing specific bequests, including St. Bart’s, as a charitable beneficiary. You can name St. Bart’s as receiving a percentage share of your total assets or as a direct beneficiary of specific assets such as a life insurance policy, IRA, qualified retirement plan, or revocable and irrevocable trusts. Your gift of any size to St. Bart’s makes a profound difference. Generous support, across the generations, has ensured St. Bart’s vital ministry in the City of New York since 1835. For more information contact Jama Toung at or 212-378-0278.
Your honored loved one will receive a personalized card to let them know a gift has been made in their name. For memorial gifts, a card is sent to the designated recipient, such as a spouse or other family member.
The Mosaic Society was formed in 1997 as a way to recognize members and friends who have included St. Bart’s in their estate plans. Membership in to the Mosaic Society has grown each year, as more people recognize the importance of providing future support for St. Bart’s. Unless otherwise restricted, legacy gifts support the growth of St. Bart’s endowment, which is critical to St. Bart’s long-term success and financial stability. For more information about the Mosaic Society, please click here.
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
– 2 Corinthians 9:11